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Aarhus Gymnastikforening

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Short name  AGF
Ground Capacity  20,032
Arena/Stadium  Ceres Park
Manager  Glen Riddersholm
Founded  1880
Ground  Ceres Park, Aarhus
Chairman  Lars Fournais
League  Danish Superliga
Location  Aarhus, Denmark
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Full name  Aarhus Gymnastikforening
Nickname(s)  GF, De Hvide, De Hviie(The Whites), Byens Hold (The City's Team)
CEO  Jacob Nielsen (1 Jul 2014–)
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Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF or AGF Aarhus) is one of the oldest sport clubs in Denmark. The club was founded in 1880, mainly with gymnastics but also fencing as the main sports. AGF, however, is best known for its football team, which was introduced in 1902.

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AGF has won the Danish Football Championship five times and the Danish Cup a record nine times. In 1961, it reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup, where the club lost to Benfica (1–4 home and 1–3 away). In 1989, AGF again reached a European quarter-final, this time losing to Barcelona in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (0–1 home, 0–0 away). After the turning of the millennium, AGF experienced some poor results which has led to relegation from the Danish Superliga in 2005–06, 2009–10 and in 2013–14, though each time securing a quick return to the top-flight.

History

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AGF played its first football match against Aarhus Idrætsklub Olympia in November 1902, a 5–2 loss. Six years later, the club won the Jutland Football Championship by winning 3–2 over Ringkøbing in the final. AGF won the Jutland Football Championship seven times and was in three finals of the Danish Football Championship before AGF became a member of the newly founded Denmark Tournament in 1927.

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In 1911, AGF got its own clubhouse then the club brought the pitches at Dalgas Avenue. In 1920, AGF began to play its home matches at the newly build Aarhus Stadion, where the club has played ever since. In 1941, the club moved from the clubhouse at Dalgas Avenue to Fredensvang in the suburb Viby.

AGF ended from 1949 to 1951 three times in a row as third in the 1. division. After spending the 1952–53 season in the 2. division, AGF returned strongly to the 1. division and in the next 12 seasons won four Danish Football Championships and five Danish Cups. AGF also participated in the first edition of the European Cup, where it lost to French club Stade de Reims. In 1961, AGF reached the quarter-final in the same tournament where it lost to eventual tournament winners Benfica. AGF was relegated to the 2. division in 1968 and in 1973 but returned to the 1. division in 1976. This was the start of 30 years in the best division.

The introduction of professional football in Denmark had a big influence on the succes AGF experienced from the late 1970s and forward until 1998. With the former Real Madrid star Henning Jensen on the team was AGF close at winning the Danish Football Championship in 1982. AGF played 2–2 against B 93 in the last game of the season sending the championship to Odense Boldklub. In 1984 AGF was again close at winning the championship but lost it by a singe point to the rivals from Vejle Boldklub. Finally in 1986 AGF won its fifth Danish Football Championship. Flemming Povlsen, Jan Bartram and John Stampe was the profiles in the team. In 1987, 1988 and 1992 AGF also won the Danish Cup.

In 1996, with players like Stig Tøfting and Håvard Flo, was AGF again close at winning the Danish Football Championship but AGF was overtaken by Brøndby IF in the second last round of the tournament. AGF got revenge by winning the final of the Danish Cup against Brøndby IF in the same season.

In 1998, AGF finished third in the Danish Superliga but financial problems resulted in some poor results the following years. In 2000, Peter Rudbæk was fired after seven years as manager. From 2000 onwards, the club experienced some of its worst ever results, which led to relegations in the 2005–06, 2009–10 and 2013–14 season. Each time, however, the club secured a quick return to the top-flight.

In the summer of 2014, AGF appointed Jacob Nielsen as its new director. Nielsen had been successful as director of Randers where he had managed to secure fine economic results. AGF also hired a new sporting director and Morten Wieghorst as manager. On 6 December 2015, however, Nielsen announced that Wieghorst was fired and that former Danish champion Glen Riddersholm was hired as his replacement.

Supporters

AGF's official fan club is AGF Fanclub Aarhus, founded on 9 November 1992. AGF also has several unofficial fan clubs, such as Vesterbro Hardcore AGF, The Madhouse (Danish: Galehuset), The front (Danish: Forenden), CERES’ AGF fanklub, Nysir-Aarhus, AGF Fanclub Odder and Aarhus Youth (Danish: Aarhusiansk Ungdom).

National honours

  • Danish Football Championship
  • Winners (5): 1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1960, 1986
  • Runners-up (8): 1920–21, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1944–45, 1964, 1982, 1984, 1995–96
  • Bronze (11): 1933, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1962, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997
  • Danish Cup
  • Winners (9) (record): 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1964–65, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1995–96
  • Runners-up (3): 1958–59, 1989–90, 2015–16
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    International honours

  • UEFA Champions League: Quarter-finals, 1961
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: Quarter-finals, 1989
  • Current squad

    As of 2 February 2016

    Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

    Players with dual nationality

  • Dzhamaldin Khodzhaniyazov
  • Retired numbers

    12 – AGF Fanclub Aarhus

  • A. G. Pettersson (1919–22)
  • Mr. Brown (1922–24)
  • Harald Hansen (1925–27)
  • Alfred Rasmussen (1927–31)
  • Fritz Molnar (1932–35)
  • William von Würden (1936–37)
  • Søren Jensen (1938–39)
  • Knud Aage Andersen (1939–40)
  • Gerhard Müller (1941–51)
  • Peter Vesterbak (1952–54)
  • Géza Toldi (1954–56)
  • Peter Vesterbak (1956–58)
  • Walther Pfeiffer (1959–60)
  • Géza Toldi (1960–64)
  • Henry From (1965–66)
  • Erik Kuld Jensen (1967–68)
  • Kaj Christensen (1969–73)
  • Jimmy Strain (Denmark) (1974)
  • Henry From (1974–75)
  • Jørn Bjerregaard (1976)
  • Erik Christensen (1977–79)
  • Poul Erik Bech (1980–83)
  • Jürgen Wähling (1984–86)
  • Jens Harmsen (1986)
  • Allan Hebo Larsen (1987–88)
  • Jens Harmsen (1989)
  • Ole Brandenborg (1990)
  • Lars Lundkvist (1990–93)
  • Peter Rudbæk (1993–00)
  • Lars Lundkvist & Kent Nielsen (2000)
  • Ove Christensen (2000–01)
  • John Stampe (2001–02)
  • Hans Petersen (2002)
  • Poul Hansen (2002–03)
  • Sören Åkeby (1 January 2004 – 31 December 2005)
  • Brian Steen Nielsen & Jesper Tollefsen (2005)
  • Ove Pedersen (1 January 2006 – 31 December 2008)
  • Erik Rasmussen (1 January 2009 – 20 May 2010)
  • Peter Sørensen (1 July 2010 – 26 February 2014)
  • Jesper Fredberg (27 February 2014 – 30 May 2014)
  • Morten Wieghorst (30 May 2014 – 5 December 2015)
  • Glen Riddersholm (6 December 2015 – Present)
  • Records

    Since 1927, AGF has played 68 seasons at the highest level in Danish football, which is a record. AGF has also played 1.632 matches in the best danish football league which also is a record.

  • Biggest victory: 13–1 against Fremad Amager, 28. October 1934
  • Biggest defeat: 0–9 against B 93, 7. April 1946, 0–9 against B 1913 20. October 1940 and 0–9 against KB, 15. September 1968.
  • Most undefeated games in a row: 26 (4. November 1985 – 9. November 1986)
  • Most undefeated home games in a row: 26 (19. March 1995 – 16. August 1996)
  • Most home victories in a row: 15 (7. September 1952 – 10. May 1953)
  • Most games in a row without a victory: 16 (9. June 1968 – 7. April 1969)
  • Most lost games in a row: 11 (22. August 1968 – 3. November 1968)
  • Attendance record: 23.990. AGF – Esbjerg fB 0–4, (23. October 1962)
  • Most matches: John Stampe 444 matches (1977–1991)
  • Most seasons: Aage Rou Jensen 19 seasons (1943–1961)
  • Most titles: John Amdisen, 4 Danish Football Championships and 5 Danish Cups (1955–1965)
  • Youngest player: Navid Dayyani, 16 years 244 days, (19. October 2003)
  • Oldest player: Erik Boye, 39 years 59 days, (6. April 2003)
  • AGF in Europe

    Up to date as of 29 July 2012
    European Champion Clubs' Cup / UEFA Champions League
    UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
    UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

    References

    Aarhus Gymnastikforening Wikipedia


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